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Hector Vasquez: Profile + Interview

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Hector Vasquez: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Professionally, everything you need in life to obtain success.  Personally, my pops Hector David Vasquez.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I don’t even know where to begin in order to answer this.  In the end, I’m just a with a guy camera trying to make a difference anyway I can.

Why do you do what you do?

For me it’s all about a purpose.  You have to have one, or have the goal to have a one.  That’s why I do what I do.  I know my purpose, I’m just working to accomplish it. 

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

It was somewhere in between my summer at 23.  My last year at Brock University.  I knew I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing.  I also knew I would NEVER be happy doing that for the rest of my life.  What kind of life is that to live?

I went back to what excited me as a kid and teenager.  Filming, photography; it all came back to me.  So that summer, I bought my first DSLR.  The rest is history.  (I’ve always wanted to say that.)

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

The doubt.  It was a big decision I was making.  Moving out to Toronto, and ditching what I was already doing because I knew it was a faint dream but a reality I could make come true.  My parents weren’t thrilled either.  Hard working El Salvadorians who had planned on me getting a government job.  They came around though, and ultimately offered (still do) their full support.  The support of my friends was a clincher too.  Nothing but love from them.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Definitely my dad.  He’s this immigrant that literally came from nothing and proved his worth.  He’s had a lot of bumps on the way, but that never deters him from having a positive outlook on life.  As he puts it “in the end, everything works out.”

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Definitely getting caught up in the party and egoism of it all.  I’m not saying I’m a rockstar, that’s just stupid haha, but you can easily get carried way in it all.  Then it might give you a big head and you think you’re hot when you’ve never actually done anything.  That’s how I find a lot of artists or makers today, and it’s a reason why a lot of makers and artists bother me.  They’re so into themselves and think they’re these staples in their respective industries.  ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

No promises, but I’m hopefully working with a very established and successful fashion and commercial photographer in the next couple of months. So stoked for that.  Also, in the early stages of developing a photo essay that screams Toronto. Besides that, I’ve been looking to get into video a lot more so I have a few ideas brewing with a writer friend of mine.  Gotta keep the brain busy. 

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

I am a firm believer that if you really want it, and work hard for it then it will happen.  Nothing can get in the way of what you really want. 

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

I’m probably not as interesting in person, so thanks for reading anyway.

Hector Vasquez: Profile

Full name

Hector Andre Vasquez

Age

26

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Hamilton, ON Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Toronto

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Santiago de Maria, El Salvador

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Photographer

How long have you been doing it?

3

Fav Song

At the moment … Hozier – Take Me To Church

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

This ones never easy to answer … but Outkast is up there

Fav Movie

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Fav Actor/Actress

It’s a toss up between Denzel Washington and Al Pacino

Fav Clothing brand

I’ve never paid much attention to brands, but I love Obey’s designs

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Way too many.

Fav Sport to watch

Football. Football. Football.

Fav Sport to play

Because its not as boring as watching it, baseball.

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